David Letterman Jokes About Jihadist Threat


Late-night TV host-comedian David Letterman is taking it all in stride — life, death threats and all.

Letterman was the object of a death threat posted on a known Al-Qaeda website by a militant who was apparently offended by a joke Letterman made about the death of a leading member of al-Qaeda who was killed in an air strike in Pakistan. The militant called on Muslims in the United States to “cut the tongue” of the comedian and “shut it forever.”

The TV host seems unperturbed by the threat despite warnings by a terrorist expert and even joked on his show that his audience could “shield” him.

While taping an episode of his show, ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, on Monday the comedian addressed the threat during his opening spiel, saying, “Tonight, you people are more, to me, honestly, more than an audience … you”re more like a human shield,”

“I’m so sorry, I’m a little late coming out. Backstage, I was talking to the guy from CBS. We were going through the CBS life insurance policy to see if I was covered for jihad,” Letterman continued to joke.

David went on to suggest, jokingly of course, that the threat really originated from late night rival Jay Leno.

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